Lupe Fiasco Explains His Jay-Z Comment
1515 caught up with Wasalu on the red carpet at the MTV documentary Summit on the Summit: Kilimanjaro Wednesday night in NYC. Lu says he’s reached out to Hov and reveals that a new collaboration is in the works. He also clarifies his ”I don’t want to be like Jay-Z” comment.
“[My comments were] just an example using him of how people rate success. There’s an idea of the status quo that every rapper wants to be Jay-Z. Nah. Every rapper does not want to be Jay-Z. Every rapper don’t wanna be Kanye West. Everybody don’t wanna be Lil Wayne. They wanna be who they are. You’re a fool trying to chase that success down and manage it like that. I always look at my success as further than a dollar sign, further than record sales. Everybody thinks because you’re black and you’re from the ‘hood, you wanna be Jay-Z. There’s kids who wanna be astrophysicists and don’t care about rap. That should be OK. You should be OK just being you, working your regular job and being happy. That’s why I made that statement. I felt it need to be said.”